IBM Z Xplore Badges

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IBM Z Xplore - Concepts

IBM Z Xplore – Concepts

Badge description

The badge earner has learned and displayed both fundamental IBM Z skills and understands IBM Z concepts. This individual is able to perform everyday tasks in an IBM Z environment, including administering data sets, formulating commands, managing JCL, scripting actions in USS (Unix System Services), writing and debugging Python, and orchestrating actions through IBM Z Open Automation Utilities.

What it takes

  • You must be at least 16 years of age
  • Complete the IBM Z Xplore Concepts challenges.

IBM Z Xplore - Advanced

IBM Z Xplore – Advanced

Badge description

The badge earner can solve advanced IBM Z problems by thinking critically and applying information from a wide variety of sources. They have orchestrated system activities using Ansible and Zowe, while working in Docker containerized environments. The earner has also demonstrated key IBM Z skills, including REXX, COBOL, VSAM, and TSO.

What it takes

  • You must be at least 16 years of age
  • Complete the IBM Z Xplore Concepts and Advanced challenges.

IBM Z Xplore - Code-a-Thon Achiever

IBM Z Xplore – Code-a-Thon Achiever

Badge description

This badge earner has learned and displayed fundamental IBM Z skills while completing a self-paced code-a-thon with challenges designed to experience modern ways of working on a mainframe. The individual worked with common developer open-source tools to create modern interfaces with current computer languages. They understand how to create a web interface to a z/OS application and utilize data from IoT devices using JCL, Python and more.

What it takes

  • Must successfully completed all challenges in Fundamentals and Concepts of the IBM Z Xplore Learning Platform, earning the IBM Z Xplore Concepts Badge
  • Complete an IBM Z Xplore mini code-a-thon: Earners must demonstrate they understand how to access files, services and web APIs by using modern, open-source tooling. This requires completion of six challenges that progressively build on the concepts and code of previous challenges.

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